Ipswich: Paramedic tells court patient hit her with claw hammer during 999 call out

The alleged attack took place in Roundwood Road, Ipswich

The alleged attack took place in Roundwood Road, Ipswich

A woman attacked a paramedic with a claw hammer after being told to see a doctor following an emergency call out, a court heard today.

Patricia Gosling, of Roundwood Road, Ipswich, denies a charge of wounding with intent causing grievous bodily harm.

The 55-year-old pleaded guilty to a second charge of unlawfully wounding.

During the opening of her trial at Ipswich Crown Court today, jurors heard how paramedic Emma Cornford, 37, had been called to Gosling’s Roundwood Road flat shortly after 3pm on November 26.

The defendant had dialled 999 complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath.


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Miss Cornford told the court Gosling had become agitated and angry when she advised her to see her doctor after assessing her condition and giving her the all-clear.

“Mrs Gosling said ‘doctors don’t care about me’,” said Miss Cornford.

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“Mrs Gosling said ‘I am going to hit you with a hammer – that’s what I do to people who don’t leave’.

“I was scared and could not physically get out of the house. She hit me with a lot of force. I put my hand up to stop the hammer hitting my head.”

The trial, which is expected to last two days, continues.

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